Boycotting a Dictatorship: Who Does it Really Hurt?
Economics Bulletin, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2009
7 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2009 Last revised: 26 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 4, 2009
Consumer boycotts and international economic sanctions represent a frequent tool to protest against countries for their violation of human rights. This paper questions if such a kind of action hurts more the populations it is supposed to defend than governing classes it is targeting. Overall, boycotts of more rapacious regimes may decrease more the wellbeing of the population than the one of the governing class.
Keywords: boycott, dictatorship
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